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Meetings Cancelled

Following government advice, from March 17th 2020, all meetings of the Stonehouse History Group at Park Junior School Hall were cancelled.
We hope to resume our normal programme as soon as we can.   We will update you when we have any news.
Meanwhile we are continuing with virtual meetings via Zoom.
We hope to book the cancelled speakers for future meetings in due course.

January 25th 2021
at 7.30 pm

Short talks and Quiz

Programme (Timings approximate)

7.20 Join and Welcome

7.30 – Nick Peters  The First Ironworker in America

John Berkeley from Gloucestershire became one of the first ironworkers on the other side of the Atlantic. Nick will give a short history of the event, the background behind his research and his aims for the future.

7.45 – Shirley Dicker Sir Henry Winston of Standish Court. 

Shirley Dicker has been researching her family history for ten years. She will talk about some of her ancestors who lived at Standish Court and her link to Winston Churchill.

8.00 – Vicki Walker The History of the Post Office in Stonehouse

 8.15 Stonehouse Picture Quiz Part Two
Test your knowledge of Stonehouse landmarks. Can you identify these buildings and places from these unusual views?
Just for fun – answers will be given on the night.

Finish approx 8.45 pm

NB you need to register beforehand for this free Zoom meeting

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This will be a Zoom meeting (not a webinar) which will enable participants to be both seen and heard when appropriate. You may join from 7.20 when you are welcome to be seen and heard. We will ask you to turn off your video and sound while our speakers are talking (you may comment or ask questions via “chat”). When each one has finished we can have a brief question and answer session if you would prefer to voice your question. At the last Zoom webinar most of the chat was not visible to all but we hope that everyone will be able to see other people’s comments this time.

The Quiz will follow the same format as last time. I will show the pictures and ask you not to comment at that point. Then we will have the answer session where you may give the answer via “chat” or in voice.
We are asking you to register beforehand so we know how many people are likely to join in.
Any questions or concerns please contact us.

Past events 2020

Monday December 14th 

Quiz and short talks

 Jim Dickson
The origin of the Ocean (on the Stroudwater canal near Stonehouse Court)
 Steve Mills
A strange journey from the Bristol Channel to Eastington.
The story of an industrialist and his family’s interesting journey from Somerset to Eastington via the island of Steep Holm.
 Janet Hudson
Graft and Craft – Some beautiful objects crafted from wood
Picture Quiz

Monday November 30th 

Val Kirby
Landscapes of Wool and Water

If you missed this talk you may request a pdf of Val’s presentation. email us at info@stonehousehistorygroup.org.uk

Monday October 19th

Vicki Walker
Some History of the Pubs in Stonehouse  

This talk was held on Monday October 19th. We are very grateful to the Arboricultural Association for sponsoring and arranging this webinar for us.

Click here to view a recording of this talk

Monday September 9th

John Parker
The history and importance of trees in Stonehouse.

On September 9th at 7.30 pm  the Arboricultural Association hosted a free live webinar for the Stonehouse History Group. Technical Director John Parker  delivered a presentation about the trees of Stonehouse, looking at the history of the town through trees and focusing on some of the best specimens in the area.  This was a great opportunity to learn more about some of the fantastic trees – and the interesting social history – in Stonehouse.
We are very grateful to the Arboricultural Association for sponsoring and arranging this webinar for us

Watch the webinar here

A link to a recording of this webinar is also on the Arboricultural Association website